Understanding your readership

Last month, the Book Length Project Group welcomed new members for 2023 and inducted them into BLPG chocolate biscuit etiquette. We also started our year by asking the tricky question of who are our readers. Why should I know my readers? Why indeed? We’re not marketing people, we’re writers. And if we write directly toContinue reading “Understanding your readership”

Researching Your Novel

Stories that require detailed research – historical novels, say, or true crime – seem like too much hard work to me. Writing 80,000 words takes a long time. Why would a writer want to spend extra hours delving into a subject that is not readily accessible? As I discovered with my first novel, research isn’tContinue reading “Researching Your Novel”

I queer-coded my villain: confessions from the Book Length Project Group

To be clear, it was me that did it, not one of our lovely BLPG members, and it is mortifying. Here are the BLPG’s thoughts – aided by people who know better – about how to avoid coding and stereotyping your characters.